GARY: This is our first foundation laid for the first home. It was really interesting because the villagers came to me and said, “Mr. Young, you really are not a foundation, are you?”
Gary and Jacob buy a cement mixer for the 5 percent cement used to make bricks.
I said, “Yes, we are.”
They said, “No, no, no.”
I asked, “Well why do you say that?” And what did they say?
JACOB: They said, “Because people who work with a foundation don’t work at all.”
GARY: Yeah, they also said, “NGOs don’t do what they say they’re going to do, but you’re doing it.”
Here they’re laying the bricks, and what an exciting time it was. They didn’t even have a cement mixer, so I bought the cement mixer when Jacob took me shopping.
GARY: What was I doing here, Son?
JACOB: You were clearing the remains of the old school.
GARY: The old school completely imploded, and removing all of the rocks was a big job. I stood on the remains, part of the foundation of the school, with all the rocks that imploded inside. As the gentleman said, if the kids had been in school, probably most of them would have been killed.
The country is steep. I took pictures looking down from where I was mining dirt to where the truck was that was hauling the dirt down to the brick factory.
JACOB: You thought it was really funny to tease the driver, while Nikki Davis [Young Living Foundation Executive Director] and I were having a near-death experience. The driver’s sitting on the right side, and we’re sitting on the left. To the left of us, we could see—oh, 900 feet down. So he drove as close as he could to the outside of the road. Thank you!
Gary is clearing away the rubble from the old school that collapsed.
GARY: So we’re going to be setting up a trip for those who would like to go back with us to build the school. The foundations, cement floors, and plumbing have now all been put into the school, and now the walls have to go up. So we’re going to invite you to go with us and help us rebuild the village of Yarsa.
Gary’s Brick Factory in Nepal
GARY: This is the brick factory and the tarp we put up, so we could work during the rain and keep everything going.
And these are the bricks.
This is the same system I have on the farm in Ecuador, except it’s a more modern version and seven years newer. This factory will turn out 750 blocks per hour when it’s in full operation. What’s beautiful about it is they’re made out of the dirt—95 percent dirt, 5 percent cement.
These blocks have a terrific bearing strength, stronger than a cinder block. So the design that I made, that we’re building their homes and school with, has a seismic quality to withstand a 12 earthquake.
For the first time in 13 months, these people truly have hope. As Nikki Davis, Young Living Foundation Executive Director, mentioned, my goal is to teach them. I’ve trained 26 of the village members to operate the brick factory, and it’s going on every day. We’re running only one shift because the rains are so bad right now. But we’ve trained them so they can build their own village. I have two people there. This is teaching the people to fish, not giving them the fish. When this village is built, then we’ll move on to the next one. There are only 600 left to go.
In America today, families are gathering to enjoy dinner together, with often three or more generations of family members, who will relish each other’s company and give thanks for all they have and for being together.
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The kitchen area of Gary’s Yarsa Motel complex for the Foundation workers and crew.
GARY: What was this, Son?
JACOB: Oh, that’s the kitchen.
GARY: Yes, it’s the kitchen where we prepared our meals. But it was quite modern. We fixed it up pretty nice, didn’t we?
JACOB: Yes—and we could actually find stuff in that kitchen.
GARY: This is where we slept, in tents. If you go back with us to help us build the school, you’ll have the honor of staying in Gary’s Yarsa Motel.
More of Gary’s Yarsa Motel camp with solar panel.
JACOB: And you know, you’ll get little friends at night. They’re really cute; they’ve got like six or eight legs or something. Some of them actually don’t have legs. They just come and cuddle up right next to you. One was really warm—went down my shirt, though.
GARY: We put in solar panels so we could have hot water and also a solar refrigerator. Oh, it was quite convenient. This is our outhouse where we had toilets and showers. It was just like downtown. A little rustic perhaps.